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The Who - Pete Townshend Albums:

Rough Mix - UK - 1977 Polydor LP

Rough Mix - UK - 1983 Polydor LP (Reissue)

Rough Mix - UK - 1983 Polydor Cassette (Reissue)

Rough Mix - USA - 1977 MCA LP

Rough Mix - USA - 1977 MCA Cassette

Rough Mix - USA - 1983 Atco LP (Reissue)

Rough Mix - USA - 1989 Atco CD

Rough Mix - USA - 2006 Hip-O CD/DVD

Remasted with bonus tracks

Rough Mix - Australia - 1977 Polydor LP

Rough Mix - Australia - 1977 Polydor Cassette

Rough Mix - Brazil - 1977 Polydor LP

Rough Mix - Canada - 1977 MCA LP

Rough Mix - Canada - 1983 Atco Cassette

Rough Mix - Germany - 1977 Polydor LP

Rough Mix - Holland - 1977 Polydor LP

Rough Mix - Italy - 1977 Polydor LP

Rough Mix - Japan - 1977 Polydor LP

Rough Mix - Japan - 2006 Imperial CD

Mini-LP cover

Rough Mix - New Zealand - 1977 Polydor LP

Rough Mix - Spain - 1977 Polydor LP

Rough Mix - Taiwan - 1977 Union LP

Empty Glass - UK - 1980 Atco LP

First pressings came with poster (see posters section)

Empty Glass - UK - 1980 Atco Cassette

The Pete Townshend Tapes - UK - 1980 Atco LP (Promo)

2 LP set of music and interview

Empty Glass - USA - 1980 Atco LP (Promo)

Empty Glass - USA - 1980 Atco Cassette

Empty Glass - USA - 1980 Atco Cassette

Empty Glass - USA - 1980 Atco 8-Track

Empty Glass - USA - 1984 Atco CD

Empty Glass - USA - 1984 Atco CD

Long box packaging

Empty Glass - USA - 1994 Atlantic CD

Gold CD. Comes in nice box

Copa Vacia - Argentina - 1980 Atco LP

Empty Glass - Australia - 1980 Atco LP

Empty Glass - Australia - 1980 Atco Cassette

Empty Glass - Brazil - 1980 Atco LP

Empty Glass - Canada - 1980 Atco LP

Empty Glass - Canada - 1980 Atco Cassette

Empty Glass - Canada - 1980 WEA 8-Track

Empty Glass - Colombia - 1980 Atco LP

Empty Glass - Germany - 1980 Atco LP

Empty Glass - Germany - 1984 Atco CD

Empty Glass - Greece - 1980 Atco LP

Empty Glass - Israel - 1980 Atco LP

Empty Glass - Italy - 1980 Atco LP

Empty Glass - Japan - 1980 Atco LP

Empty Glass - Japan - 1980 Atco Cassette

Empty Glass - Japan - 1994 East/West CD

Remastered version

Empty Glass - Japan - 2006 Imperial CD

Mini-LP cover. Includes mini poster, which is somewhat different than the one that was issued with the original UK LP (see poster section)

Empty Glass - Japan - 2006 Imperial CD Box (Promo)

Box only

Empty Glass - Japan - 2007 Imperial LP

Empty Glass - Korea - 1980 Life LP

Empty Glass - New Zealand - 1980 Atco LP

Empty Glass - New Zealand - 1980 Atco Cassette

Empty Glass - Portugal - 1980 Atco LP (Promo)

Empty Glass - Saudi Arabia - 1980 747 Cassette

Includes "Till The Rivers All Run Dry" and "Catmelody" from "Rough Mix"

Empty Glass - South Africa - 1980 Atco LP

Empty Glass - Spain - 1980 Atco LP

Empty Glass - Taiwan - 1980 LM LP

Empty Glass - Venezuela - 1980 Atco LP

Empty Glass - Yugoslavia - 1980 Atco/Suzi LP

Empty Glass - Zimbabwe - 1980 Atco LP

All The Best Cowboys Have Chinese Eyes - UK - 1982 Atco LP

All The Best Cowboys Have Chinese Eyes - UK - 1982 Atco LP (Test Pressing)

Does not include "Vivienne" on sleeve as its USA counterpart (below)

Listening Time - UK - 1982 Atco LP (Promo)

Autographed. Music & Interview for "All The Best Cowboys Have Chinese Eyes" (Note: About 1/2 copies are autographed)

Listening Time - UK - 1982 Atco LP (Promo)

Music & Interview for "All The Best Cowboys Have Chinese Eyes"

All The Best Cowboys Have Chinese Eyes - USA - 1982 Atco LP

All The Best Cowboys Have Chinese Eyes - USA - 1982 Specialty Records Test Pressing LP

All The Best Cowboys Have Chinese Eyes - USA - 1982 Atco Test Pressing LP (back cover)

Track listing includes unreleased song, Vivienne. However, song is not included on LP (See close up in next picture)

All The Best Cowboys Have Chinese Eyes - USA - 1982 Atco Test Pressing LP (close up of back cover)

Note: Track "Vivienne"

All The Best Cowboys Have Chinese Eyes - USA - 1982 Atco Cassette

All The Best Cowboys Have Chinese Eyes - USA - 1982 Atco 8-Track

Inside Track - USA - 1982 Atco Promo LP

Music & Interview for All The Best Cowboys Have Chinese Eyes

All The Best Cowboys Have Chinese Eyes - USA - 1993 Atco CD

Same cover as USA - Atlantic Remastered CD

All The Best Cowboys Have Chinese Eyes - USA - 1993 Atco CD

Long box packaging

All The Best Cowboys Have Chinese Eyes - USA - 2006 Hip-O CD

Remastered with bonus tracks

Ojos Chinos - Argentina - 1982 Atco LP

All The Best Cowboys Have Chinese Eyes - Australia - 1982 Atco LP

All The Best Cowboys Have Chinese Eyes - Brazil - 1982 Atlantic LP

All The Best Cowboys Have Chinese Eyes - Canada - 1982 Atco LP

All The Best Cowboys Have Chinese Eyes - Canada - 1993 Atco CD

All The Best Cowboys Have Chinese Eyes - Colombia - 1982 Atco LP

All The Best Cowboys Have Chinese Eyes - Germany - 1982 Atco Cassette

All The Best Cowboys Have Chinese Eyes - Germany - 1993 Atco CD

All The Best Cowboys Have Chinese Eyes - Greece - 1982 Atco LP

All The Best Cowboys Have Chinese Eyes - Indonesia - 1982 Saturn Cassette

All The Best Cowboys Have Chinese Eyes - Italy - 1982 Atco LP

All The Best Cowboys Have Chinese Eyes - Indonesia - 1982 A Private Collection Cassette

All The Best Cowboys Have Chinese Eyes - Japan - 1982 Atco LP

All The Best Cowboys Have Chinese Eyes - Japan - 1998 Atco CD

All The Best Cowboys Have Chinese Eyes - Japan - 2006 Imperial CD

Mini-LP cover

All The Best Cowboys Have Chinese Eyes - Mexico - 1982 Atlantic LP

All The Best Cowboys Have Chinese Eyes - Mexico - 1982 Atlantic Cassette

All The Best Cowboys Have Chinese Eyes - New Zealand - 1982 Atlantic LP

All The Best Cowboys Have Chinese Eyes - Portugal - 1982 Atlantic LP (Promo)

Uniforms (All The Best Cowboys Have Chinese Eyes) - Saudi Arabia - 1982 Foot Print Cassette

All The Best Cowboys Have Chinese Eyes - Spain - 1982 Atlantic LP

All The Best Cowboys Have Chinese Eyes - Yugoslavia - 1982 Atco LP

ROUGH MIX

Album: Rough Mix

LPs (vinyl) Sampled: Polydor (UK), MCA-original issue (USA), Atco-2nd issue (USA)

CDs Sampled: Atco (USA), Imperial (Japan), Hip-O (USA)

Non-album Tracks: None

LP Comments: The Atco (USA) pressing is wonderful. The other pressings seem to have good sound quality, but their vinyl quality isn't as good.

CD Comments: The Atco (USA) a great sounding CD!!! The mastering on the Imperial (Japan) and Hip-O (USA) is a bit uneven. Overall, they lack the warmth of the Atco (USA) or LP versions, and some tracks sound a little harsh, while others sound pretty good - but not quite as good as the Atco (USA) CD.

Summary: "Rough Mix" is one of the best-produced, best sounding Who-related albums. The sound is smooth and the mix is "up front" as if Pete is playing to you personally. The Atco (USA) CD sounds excellent, as does the Atco (USA) LP. If you don't already have this album in your collection, buy it.

Other Comments: The Imperial (Japan), Hip-O (USA) and SPV (Germany) CD come with 3 bonus tracks, 2 by Ronnie Lane, 1 by Pete Townshend. The track, "Good Question" (an instrumental), is a full-length version of the "Brrr" track from "Scoop"

The Hip-O USA version is a CD on one side and DVD on the other. The DVD features: 2.0 Audio mix, 5.1 surround mix, a picture gallery and video interviews with Pete, Glyn Johns and Ronnie Lane's former manager

About: Rough Mix

This is another one of those albums that kind of grew on me over time.

I bought this record in 1982 and liked  most of the Pete songs and recorded them to cassette along with other various tracks from Pete and some of the Roger Daltrey solo tracks that "needed a home"...

What I immediately liked about the album is the production values - they are outstanding. Listening to this album is like having Pete and the band in the same room - everything is recorded "just so"...

Getting back to the music...

The album was released in 1977 - sort of right in-between
The Who By Numbers and Who Are You...

Out-takes from
The Who By Numbers? Songs to "mellow" for "The Who" ? Or just a Pete and Ronnie Lane project all on its own? (Or a potential combination of all of the above???)

Regardless of what the intention of the songs were, they are brilliant. Sorta different for Pete in anything that came before or after...

My favorites are:

* Misunderstood (Brilliant lyrics - I smile when I hear this song - as I can really identify with it personally)

* Street In The City (This is just a really cool song, nice orchestration, etc...)

* Heart To Hang Onto (Wow! One of Pete's best. Would have made a fantastic Who song with Roger instead of Ronnie Lane - but perfectly fine as is... I recall hearing it live for the first time in 1996 at the Supper Club in NY - unbelievable...)

* Till The Rivers All Run Dry (I initially hated this. A
Don Williams song - never heard of him! But over time, I really began to appreciate it, Pete's vocals and musical performances by Pete and Ronnie - now I love it. Go figure.)

The original Atco CD wasn't released until 1989. I recall wondering what the heck was going on with it - and then it finally came out. It sounds perfect - just like the original LPs. The remastered version (with Ronnie Lane bonus tracks) came out during the period where compression was in style. I'm hoping it's redone again.

Interestingly, there's a bootleg CD called,
Unsurpassed Masters/Rough Mixes - it features the same outstanding sound quality that's on the original LP/CD, but with some outtakes from the sessions which are pretty cool - food for thought for a potential future release...

Track Listing: My Baby Gives It Away, Nowhere To Run, Rough Mix, Annie, Keep Me Turning, Catmelody, Misunderstood, April Fool, Street In The City, Heart To Hang Onto, Till The Rivers All Run Dry

Track Listing (2006 - Imperial Japan, 2006 - Hip-O USA):  My Baby Gives It Away, Nowhere To Run, Rough Mix, Annie, Keep Me Turning, Catmelody, Misunderstood, April Fool, Street In The City, Heart To Hang Onto, Till The Rivers All Run Dry, Only You, Good Question, Silly Little Man

EMPTY GLASS

Album: Empty Glass

LPs (vinyl) Sampled: Atco (USA), Atco (UK), Atco (Canada), Atco (Argentina), Atco (Japan)

CDs Sampled: Atco -1st pressing-made in Germany (USA), Atco - 2nd pressing-made in USA, Atlantic-Gold (USA), Atlantic -remastered (USA), Atlantic - remastered (Germany), East-West - remastered (Japan), Imperial (Japan)

Non-album Tracks: "Classified", "Greyhound Girl" (from the "Let My Love Open The Door" EP, 1980 Europe only), "Let My Love Open The Door"- alternative mix (from the 1996 UK CD single)

LP Comments: The Atco (USA) pressing sounds great and has excellent quality vinyl. No need to look further.

CD Comments: This CD was among the earliest of CDs. The first pressings (made in Germany) were extremely bright and hard to listen to. The 2nd pressings offered an improvement, but not enough to make a difference. The USA and Germany remastered pressings are also too bright and tinny, while the Japan (East West) remastered version is fine in many spots, but too bright in important areas (i.e. vocals for "Rough Boys" and "Let My Love Open The Door"). The Japan (Imperial) sounds harsh in some spots, OK in others. The bonus tracks on the CD are mastered much better and sound just fine. The Atlantic - Gold (USA) CD sounds great.

Summary: Find the Atlantic-Gold (USA) CD and enjoy it. If you prefer vinyl, the LP will sound just as good. I have not found an explanation as to why the Gold CD sounds so much better than all the other CD versions. Unfortunately, the bonus tracks are not available on the Gold CD, so you basically need 2 CDs to have all the tracks with the best sound quality.

Note: The "Gold" CD is out of print and somewhat scarce. Copies have been selling on e-bay for ~$75+.

Other Comments: It used to be "known" that Japanese pressings were "always better" because of the quality <virgin> vinyl they used or the care they put into the processing. What I've found, is that like everything else that's generalized, this isn't true. For the Who series, Japanese Polydor LPs ranged from bad to excellent and the Sony's were consistently excellent. On the other hand, USA LPs were supposed to be bad. This mostly depended on the label. Who and Who solo related, I've found that Warner Brothers products (including Atco and Atlantic) sounded great for USA pressings, but not so great for Japanese pressings.

The "Gonna Get Yah" bonus track on the Japan (Imperial) CD is actually labeled, "Long Version" (it clocks in at about 11:22). However, it doesn't appear to be an out-take, but more so a work-in-process demo version.

About: Empty Glass
 
There's such history to this album...
 
Unknown to Roger Daltrey and John Entwistle, Pete signed a solo contract with Atco/Atlantic. This album was released, not just with "Who rejects" (songs that The Who chose not to record) but rather "prime" material or what would described as "the best stuff Pete had at the time". As Roger was very vocal about this - "Pete's now using his best material for his solo projects..."
 
Most Who fans seem to view Pete as "unseparatable" from The Who and therefore he should be doing this or that for the benefit of The Who and its fans.
 
However, life doesn't work that way. Pete is a gifted artist and as such deeply frustrated with the limitations The Who had put on his creativity. In Pete's mind - why should he write all these great songs - only to have Roger "reject" them. Valid points. It is also easy to understand Roger's point if view.
 
So this album comes out (The Who album that could have been) and is a big hit - "Let My Love Open The Door" in the top 10! (As high a chart position as "I Can See For Miles").
 
From Pete's point of view - "What do I need The Who for?" And Roger and John's - "WTF???"
 
Of course it didn't help that
Face Dances was the next Who album and "comparisons" between these 2 albums were made everywhere. (Oh well...)
 
It really is a great album - using a fresh version if the unused Who song for its title track and another
Who Are You reject - "Keep On Working". Personally, I like the Who version of "Empty Glass" much better - I can play that version over and over and over and never tire of it. This version is a bit lighter.
 
My favorite tracks are:
 
Rough Boys, Let My Love Open The Door and A Little Is Enough (which I believe Pete once claimed was his favorite song that he had written).
 
As for CDs... For whatever reason - there's only one CD out if the many versions which captures the sound of the vinyl LP - and that's the Atco Gold CD (in the box). The rest all seem to be plagued with various issues. This album would probably do very well to be remixed and remastered.

Track Listing: Rough Boys, I Am An Animal, And I Moved, Let My Love Open The Door, Jools And Jim, Keep On Working, Cats In The Cupboard, A Little Is Enough, Empty Glass, Gonna Get Ya

Track Listing (2006 - Imperial Japan): Rough Boys, I Am An Animal, And I Moved, Let My Love Open The Door, Jools And Jim, Keep On Working, Cats In The Cupboard, A Little Is Enough, Empty Glass, Gonna Get Ya, I Am An Animal (demo), Keep On Working (demo), And I Moved (demo), Gonna Get Ya (work-in-process/demo)

ALL THE BEST COWBOYS HAVE CHINESE EYES

Album: All The Best Cowboys Have Chinese Eyes

LPs (vinyl) Sampled: Atco (UK), Atco (USA), Atco-test pressing (USA), Atco (Argentina), Atco (Japan)

CDs Sampled: Atco (USA), Atco-remastered (USA), Atco (Germany), Atco (Canada), Imperial (Japan), Hip-O (USA)

Non-album Tracks: "Man Watching" (b side of "Face Dances Part 2" in USA, UK and France, as well as b side of "Uniforms" in Holland). "Dance It Away" (b side of Uniforms (UK)) "Slit Skirts" (a different version is available on the Video EP - see VIDEO section).

LP Comments: The Atco (USA) has excellent sound and vinyl. I slightly prefer it to the Atco (UK).

CD Comments: The original pressings of the CD Atco (USA, Germany, Canada) all sound excellent. The remastered (USA Atco) version turns up the treble slightly and adds more bass in a completely artificial and pointless way. The 2006 (Japan Imperial) lacks the warmth and fidelity of the original LP or CD versions - however, the 2 bonus tracks sound just fine. The 2006 (USA Hip-O) sounds a bit dull and over-compressed - the bonus tracks sound a bit better.

Summary: Any of the original (non-remastered) CD versions (as above) would be my first preference. After that, the Atco (USA) LP (which sounds just as good). The bonus tracks on the Imperial (Japan) CD are available on other CDs available from www.eelpie.com. The bonus tracks on the Hip-O (USA) and SPV (Germany) can only be obtained by this CD ("Vivienne") or vinyl 45s ("Dance It Away" and "Man Watching")

Other Comments: The USA test-pressing has a different track order on its album sleeve and lists the track, "Vivienne". However, the actual record contains the same songs and in the same order as the commercially released version. "Vivienne" is now released on the 2006 SPV (Germany) and 2006 Hip-O (USA) CDs.

About: All The Best Cowboys Have Chinese Eyes
 
When this album first came out in 1982, I bought it on day one (what else would a "Who fan" do?)
 
And then of course I played it... Scratched my head a few times and was like...
 
Well... some really good songs on here, but...
 
So, I recorded the songs I liked (Communication, Face Dances Part 2, Slit Skirts) and put the album away for 6 months, never to be played again, until...
 
...while reading the many articles that were published during the 1982 Who tour, I came across an interesting article where Roger Daltrey was talking about this album. He couldn't see himself singing any of the "poetry", but he did go on a bit about "Uniforms".
 
He said "Uniforms" was like
Quadrophenia all wrapped up in one song.
 
This made me stop and think... Wow! What an interesting comment to make.
 
So, I pulled the album out, recorded the whole thing to cassette and begin to listen to it.
 
Needless to say, it grew on me quickly. I absolutely love "Uniforms" and you know you are in pure "Pete heaven" - when you hear Pete singing,
 
"N-N-N-ever, N-N-N-ever hesitate...."
 
Great stuff!
 
Later on, the video was released and it really contained some priceless scenes. Hard to beat!
 
My favorite songs are:
 
* Stop Hurting People (good rules to live by)
 
* The Sea Refuses No River (I actually paid more attention to this song after hearing Roger perform it live in 1994!)
 
* Communication (absolutely great Pete performance and the lyrics are so true
)
 
* Uniforms (such a fun song and with a great low bass organ ending)
 
* Slit Skirts (powerful closer to the album - wow!)
 
* Somebody Saved Me - Seems that Pete was "saved" a "few times" by *not* having sex with various particular women? Interesting... (It didn't really make a good Who song - wise leaving it off of the original "Face Dances" album...

(I never liked this song as much as the others, but while listening to it again, I paid a bit closer attention to the lyrics and meaning...)
 
And lastly - the 3 songs left off of the album...
 
* Vivienne (a last minute removal - I have a test pressing of the album where its included on the track listing - but they scrubbed it at the last minute)
 
* Dance It Away (great song! Doesn't really fit on the album and was originally intended for The Who, but...)

* Man Watching (Interesting song, not quite sure how I'd categorize it...)

Track Listing: Stop Hurting People, The Sea Refuses No River, Prelude, Face Dances Part Two, Exquisitely Bored, Communication, Stardom In Action, Uniforms, North Country Girl, Somebody Saved Me, Slit Skirts

Track Listing (2006 - Imperial Japan): Stop Hurting People, The Sea Refuses No River, Prelude, Face Dances Part Two, Exquisitely Bored, Communication, Stardom In Action, Uniforms, North Country Girl, Somebody Saved Me, Slit Skirts, The Sea Refuses No River (Live La Jolla, 2001), Slit Skirts (Live The Fillmore, 1996)

Track Listing (2006 - Hip-O USA): Stop Hurting People, The Sea Refuses No River, Prelude, Face Dances Part Two, Exquisitely Bored, Communication, Stardom In Action, Uniforms, North Country Girl, Somebody Saved Me, Slit Skirts, Vivienne, Man Watching, Dance It Away

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